From 18 October 2023 to 3 March 2024, the Musée Marmottan Monet will present a very special exhibition, entitled Berthe Morisot and the Art of the 18th Century. The exhibition is curated by art historians Marianne Mathieu and Dominique d’Arnoult, with the participation of Claire Gooden, Head of Conservation at the Musée Marmottan Monet. Sixty-five art works from French and international museums, as well as private collections are brought together here for the first time to highlight the links between the work of the first female Impressionist Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) and the art of Antoine Watteau (1684-1721), François Boucher (1703-1770), Jean-Honoré Fragonard (1732-1806), and Jean-Baptiste Perronneau (1715-1783).
The Musée Marmottan Monet has invited artist Anne Laure Sacriste to take part in the seventh opus of its Unexpected Dialogues. The artist has chosen a painting by Edouard Manet, a portrait of Berthe Morisot: “Portrait de Berthe Morisot étendue” (1873). In choosing this work, Anne Laure Sacriste questions the gaze of a man (Edouard Manet) on a woman (Berthe Morisot).
The painting reveals the desire, sensuality and complicity that united the two artists. Anne Laure Sacriste puts these qualifiers into perspective by proposing her own vision of this face in a heliogravure that she compares with the original painting. The portrait is reinterpreted by decentering the face, which becomes the reminiscence of a ghostly image appearing behind a black veil, a kind of figurative monochrome.